Drugs Make You Un-Smarter

Drugs Make You Un-Smarter




What do you do when a parent, a grandparent, your brother, cousins and an uncle are doing drugs? You are also expected to do drugs, right? Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations of others and took a stand against drugs, even when her older brother had parties while her mother was at work, the cops were watching her house, and her dad spent most of her life in prision for drug-related crimes.

Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is written by a high school student and her grandmother. The book includes stories of people who have abused drugs and interviews with actors and professionals. Learn facts about drugs and hear about goal-oriented kids who, like Savanna, have made a choice to remain drug-free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935723240
Publisher: Motivational Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 0.51(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

About the Author

Savanna Peterson is not the average teenager, she gets along with adults more than kids her own age. Savanna likes to skateboard, watch baseball games, do photography, and do hair and makeup. She also likes to babysit infants, go hiking and exploring the world. Savanna is a huge fan of Lucille Ball and the whole 1950's era. Even though she likes bands like Biggie Smalls, Fun., and Regina Spector, she also loves the music of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash.
Graduating from high school is at the top of her list as she plans for the future. "When I grow up I would like to be in movies, or write scripts for movies. I am open-minded and adventurous.
I try to have as much fun as I can and that does not include drugs. You have much more fun when you can remember your memories. I like to remember what I did the night before.
The authors keep a blog at:
DrugsMakeYouUnSmarter.blogspot.com and Savanna appears with her grandmother in a short book trailer: Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog on YouTube.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood is Savanna's grandmother and the author of four children's books. She is the winner of the 2008 Writer of the Year Award from the Leauge of Utah Writers. Her book, What's It Like, Living Green, Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live is the winner of three national book awards.
Jill has witnessed first hand how drugs affect a family through marriage to an alcoholic and the addiction of several family members. Jill also lives a drug and alcohol-free life.

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Drugs Make You Un-Smarter 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
s_gallegos More than 1 year ago
A great book with such an important message! We hear stories all the time of the horrible things kids have to endure in their childhood when drugs and negligent parents are involved. The majority of these kids do end up the same as their parents but you rarely heard stories of those that don't. That is what I thought was great about this book. Hearing that Savanna choose not to live her life anything like what she grew up knowing to be the norm makes her so much braver and wiser than the adults who she calls parents. Being only 15 years old she has decided to be true role model for her fellow peers who honestly need better role models than what they see on TV and hear on the radio. Any parent who has teenagers could also take some lessons from this book. Will really give you a great insight on what goes on in your teenagers head when you are trying to get them to "talk to you". Overall a must read for all teenagers and parents!
kim0712 More than 1 year ago
What an utterly refreshing book! It is not very often that a 15 year old girl has a close relationship with her grandmother, but Savanna Peterson breaks the mold when it comes to the norm as far as teenage girl behavior goes! Savanna, along with her grandmother, Jill Vanderwood, have written a thought provoking, eye opening and honest book about drugs and alcohol; including the relationships that bind and can break due to substance abuse in families. It is unbelievable just how much this young girl has been affected by drugs and alcohol. From an older brother that uses drugs and has dropped out of school, to her father that landed in prison at the age of 19 due to his drug and alcohol habits, Savanna has seen up close and personal what substance abuse can do to you. In addition to the personal stories about Savanna and family, there are also accounts by others that have been down the hard road of substance abuse as well as those that have chosen to just say no. Some of the stories are gut wrenching, and if you have a family member, friend or maybe even yourself that needs help getting back on the right track, theyoutline some of the options available. If you have been lucky enough not to have been affected by drugs or alcohol in your life, don’t assume that you will automatically raise children that aren’t affected. This book outlines many drugs that teenagers have access to and the effect of the drugs on their body. They discuss the signs to look for and how to keep your child on the straight and narrow. Savanna is a powerhouse in many ways, despite her tiny stature  . She has taken a very emphatic stance against drugs and alcohol – just say no; and that is exactly what she has done! She has stayed straight and not let peer pressure get to her – which is a huge feat for a 15 yr old these days. This book should be required reading by any parent of a teenager; most especially those that tend to ignore the signs and symptoms of substance abuse by hiding their heads in the sand and saying, “they are just teenagers, that’s the way they act”. Being the mother of 7 children, all of which have made it to adulthood unscathed or effected by drugs/alcohol, that IS NOT the way they act – most acting out is a symptom of something bigger. Pay attention! Excellent read!!
Becca71 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant~~I would say that because this book is written by a fifteen year old that it is more suitable to YA but in reality upon reading it I found myself very much enthralled and can say this book would appeal to anyone. The basis of the book is a look at family drug abuse from the point of view of Savanna a teenager who not only has manage to survive her family but has shown amazing wisdom is her life choices. In this book we hear her speak of having to loan money to her father and gifts going missing all from a child's perspective. Written with a sort of innocence and brought together by her grandmother's help this book is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I would say two thumbs up a must read for everyone whether you've been effected by drug abuse or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I found out that this book was a winner of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, I knew that it was going to be good. This book is really eye opening. It is about the struggles of drug and alcohol addiction through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl whose family has been enveloped in the harsh world of drug abuse for her whole life. Savanna and her grandmother wrote this book, and in it, Savanna details her experiences and memories of a life affected by the drug abuse of those around her. The way that Savanna talks about the things that she was exposed to as a child is very matter-of-fact, which makes it kind of hard to read. It just hurts to read what this young girl has had to go through in her life. However, Savanna is very strong and tough and it is inspiring to see that she has been able to keep away from all of the bad things that have affected others in her family. This book really should be made available to teens and tweens everywhere. It tells the truth about drugs and alcohol abuse, and it does it in a way that kids can respond and relate to. The book is also a good read for parents who need a reality check about what exactly our kids are going through these days. It's really inspiring to see what a strong girl Savanna is and how she has managed to keep her head up through all of the struggles that her family has faced.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
For all the glamorization of drug use that you see in the movies, on TV, in video games, and other outlets, you'd think that just as much attention would be paid to the devastating effects that stem from such use. Sadly, though, not enough time is spent on chronicling the broken hearts, dreams, and spirits of those whose lives and families are torn apart in the wake of drug and alcohol addiction. Also, despite all the compelling reasons not to get involved in drug life, relatively little time is often spent highlighting the benefits that arise from living a clean, sober lifestyle. Not so with Drugs Make You Un-Smarter. Compiled by high school teen Savanna Peterson and her grandmother, Jill Ammon Vanderwood, this enlightening collection of stories, anecdotes, and true-life accounts takes the reader on an eye-opening journey through the damaging effects of drug abuse. Beginning with Savanna's own personal story of survival in a drug-addicted family, Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is divided into numerous different sections, each either highlighting the devastation caused by drug use, detailing the experiences of those who have entered drug rehab, or presenting definitive stands against getting involved with drugs in the first place. Rather than come off as preachy or pedantic, though, Peterson and Vanderwood's powerful anthology draws its greatest strength from presenting deeply personal stories from children, adults - and even notable celebrity figures - regarding the perils of addiction; in so doing, the authors ensure that readers from all walks of life will no doubt relate in some form or fashion to the universal truths shared throughout the pages of their hard-hitting compilation. A highly recommended must-read. Rhonda Carver Apex Reviews
carrolwolve More than 1 year ago
Unique book written in the voice of a high schooler whose family background is full of drug and alcohol addiction. Savanna's writing is that of a young person and lacks the sophistication of a seasoned author. In it's simplicity, however, it haunts the reader as she tells her tales of innocence. She speaks of having to ask for Christmas presents more than once because last year's gift (I-Pod) disappeared. She tells of her father saying he was going out to buy her a holiday gift but was short and needed the $20 given to her by her grandmother. Of course, no gift came back, nor did the $20. Her tales are augmented by author, Jill Ammon Vanderwood who helped collect stories from other young people and provided the research about drugs and alcohol abuse. The book ends with positive options for those wishing to free themselves from the dead-end circle of addiction, as did this courageous young woman.
BettyCosgrave More than 1 year ago
Drugs Make You Un-Smarter - A Review Young people get such a lot of negative press these days that people could be forgiven for despairing of what the future holds. But then along comes a sassy fifteen year old girl from Salt Lake City and blows those pre-conceived notions out of the water. What Savanna Petersen has done, with her Grandma's help, is to lay out an alternate view for all young people, on how you can make radical changes in your life. She makes her case in such a clear and forthright manner, that it would almost seem illogical to ever go down the road to drugs and alcohol. In one way, it's sad to think that any young child has to witness the things that Savanna has seen, but on the other it's a glowing example of the triumph of the human spirit. She has learned how to think for herself; a skill which many kids seem to be lacking. Her message is clear - Just say no! And even if you're already involved in drugs, or alcohol, well just stop; it's never too late! The book takes a comprehensive look at today's drug culture and the damaging effects it has on teens and the fabric of family life. It catalogues the drugs which kids may come in contact and outlines their effects. Using shared personal stories from numerous contributors, this book lays out the options available, not only for those who want to kick the habit but also for those who need a little help with avoiding it in the first place. In particular it focuses on the healing power of forgiveness and how it will set us free. It is without a doubt, a must read book for parents, who quite often have little idea of the pressures that their kids are under in today's world. I honestly believe that this book will be of invaluable interest to parents and their teens. With wisdom beyond her years, she advises teens - "Don't do what is expected-become anyone you want to be". Savanna, you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for this book. Betty Cosgrave